Group B Strep Support

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Formation 1996
Legal status
Registered charity no. 1112065
Purpose To prevent preventable GBS infection in newborn babies
Headquarters London
Location United Kingdom
Region served
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands

Group B Strep Support is a national charity based in the United Kingdom.


Group B Strep Support was formed in 1996, after the founders' son had a GBS infection.[1] Since then it has established a medical panel[2] and set up a board of trustees.[1] The charity has been heavily involved in public consultations on group B Strep prevention, and in 2012 commented on the National Screening Committee's review of GBS testing.[3] In 2012, the chief executive Jane Plumb received an MBE for services for child health.[4]


GBSS states that it has three main aims:[5]

  • Offer information and support to families affected by group B Streptococcus
  • Inform health professionals and individuals how most group B Strep infections in newborn babies can be prevented
  • Generate continued support for research into preventing group B Strep infections in newborn babies

Key achievements[edit]

  • Worked with UK health professionals and professional medical bodies to raise the profile of group B Strep in the UK.[6][7][8][9][10]
  • Played a part in causing the 2003 RCOG risk-based guidelines on the prevention of early-onset group B Strep infection, and continues to campaign for improved guidelines and awareness in medical professionals.[11]
  • Raised significant public awareness of group B Strep and the impact a group B Strep infection can have on newborn babies if not prevented.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18]

Notable supporters[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Group B Strep Support - Who We Are: People involved: Executive Committee". GBSS. 2013-11-07. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  2. ^ "Group B Strep Support - Who We Are: People involved: GBSS Medical Advisory Panel". GBSS. 2013-11-07. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  3. ^ "Group B Strep Support - News and Events: Screening Committee". GBSS. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  4. ^ "New Year Honour for charity founder". Mid Sussex Times. 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  5. ^ "Group B Strep Support - Who We Are: What GBSS wants". GBSS. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  6. ^ "UK | England | Southern Counties | Charity aims to curb baby illness". BBC News. 2005-09-27. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  7. ^ "Health | Pregnancy infection screening call". BBC News. 2003-08-02. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  8. ^ "Calls to test mums after baby catches serious illness (From Your Local Guardian)". 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  9. ^ "Opportunities to prevent meningitis in young babies 'being missed'". Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  10. ^ "News - Screen pregnant women for group Strep B". OnMedica. 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  11. ^ "Group B Streptococcus". Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  12. ^ "Bring in Group B Strep Testing for all Women... - HAYWARDS HEATH, England, December 1, 2010 /PR Newswire UK/". united kingdom: Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  13. ^ "Expecting a baby? Then be aware of the dangers of Strep B | Mail Online". 2010-03-27. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  14. ^ "Arnold mum Lisa eaton is campaigning to raise awareness of Group B Streptococcus infection". Nottingham Post. 2010-03-15. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  15. ^ "Politicians support Group B Strep awareness campaign". Derry Journal. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  16. ^ "Two caring charities win prestigious award major award". Mid Sussex Times. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  17. ^ "MP calls for NHS testing to stop babies dying - West Sussex Gazette". 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  18. ^ "Charity picks Ralf for UK campaign | News". 2013-09-19. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Group B Strep Support - Who We Are: Famous Supporters". GBSS. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  20. ^ "James Roby Testimonial 2013 - 2014". Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  21. ^ "Why Saints' James Roby is raising funds for a cause close to his own heart (From St Helens Star)". 2013-08-22. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  22. ^ "Routine tests in pregnancy needed, says MP Nadine Dorries - Health - News - London Evening Standard". 2013-11-07. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 

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